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iPad app sales off to a slow start?

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by JohnnyApple, Apr 7, 2010.

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    The iPad is not an iPhone. People have to make a specific case to buy the iPad, where as 99.9% of us need an iPhone. For that reason the sales and uptake of the device won't be nearly as fast.. and it will take a bit of time to develop those "killer apps" that really drive sales of the device.

    Some people out there though seem to be a bit impatient and expect the App sales numbers to be on par with the iPhone. It's a stretch, that device has been out for years and has a huge consumer base. The iPad however has only been available for a few days.

    This article by the SFGate talks a bit about some disappoint app sales numbers on release and goes into some detail about it:

    The Reason No One Is Bragging About iPad App Sales: The Numbers Are Too Small (AAPL)
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    It's Apple's fault that their being so secretive created more of a curiosity frenzy than an intent to buy. I know numerous people who've been to their stores and came out empty handed.

    But I feel that somehow they'll sell a lot of 3Gs and that a great many other people will wait for next gen. We've all known at some point what it is to be an early adopter.
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    Plenty of articles dismissing the 300,000 first day sales....but that actually exceeded iPhone's first day sales. I guess because publications like the WSJ were throwing numbers like 600,000 first day they became underwhelmed? Had the third party projections been more like 125,000 it would have been a "great success! HIGH FIVE!".

    I really don't understand why so many publications want so desperately to make the iPad seem like a big failure. Well I guess in 3 years when the iPad is a common household object like the iPhone attitudes will start to change.
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    Persbonally, I am happy with my I phone apps. I have bought a few iPad apps. I bought twitterific and I find that my twtterific for I phone is better for me. I can't enlarge fonts on iPad version.
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    I spend 90%+ of my iPad time surfing the web... While I do use some apps, i always want to use them during the time that I am waiting for a webpage to load... If this thing had multitasking, I would use my apps more...

    For example--- I really like the ebay app, but it doest auto store my last action... So if I am surfing web, then decide I want to check ebay... If I go the ebay app, then resume surfing, then head back to the ebay app, I have to start over with whatever I was looking for/at on the ebay app...
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    This will be the ideal business laptop killer.

    A iPad presentation will garner attention, because it's on an iPad.
    Movies for travel
    GPS for whatever
    Books to read at the airport
    Bragging rights
    Memos & short data analysis

    and so on.

    The question is: how easy will it be to interface with brand M apps on my iMac - you know - PowerPoint and Excel. I already have a PDF reader....
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    I've said it before, this is nothing new. I remember when I bought my first iMac in 1998. All the critics were posting negative reviews and claiming it was the death of Apple. However, iMacs filled a gap for more affordable macs and did the opposite - it saved Apple. I wish I knew why some people feel the need to hate Apple or try to knock them down a peg. It seems people are interested in the device and it's selling. Stock prices are higher than they've ever been. I think the iPad is obviously a success. Just ignore the haters.
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    Also keep in mind that no one knows how many 3G's are in preorder or how many they will sell when they ate launched (fingers crossed, very soon I hope). Truth is we have only had half an ipad launch so far.
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    A recent estimate based on the number of internet hits to a site by people connecting new iPads, indicates that they have sold close to 750,000 so far. The numbers they had for Saturday sales using this method was 270,000. It will be interesting to see what happens when Apple releases their numbers. If the numbers are accurate, then within a week, we will see the million sale mark. It does not sound too far fetched in that that is only 100,000 units a day.
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    I think a lot of people are holding off on purchasing the first generation iPad and are waiting to see just how trendy it will be, and also waiting for certain updates and applications to become available before investing.

    Despite sales being lower than expected though, the number of sales continues to rise and is still quite impressive.
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    When I get the iPad I'll be buying iPad software not the lower res iPhone software.
    It could be possible that a lot of us will be waiting for the software to update iPad's way.
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    I have mostly iPad apps, but remember some apps will become universal, so if you have a beloved iPhone app put it on there and wait. Air video universal came out today...it's so awesome.
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    yeah steve seemed pretty proud of it....I know it's been almost a whole week since it came out!!
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    I think the iPad is just getting warmed up. The economy isn't in that great of a place right now and people don't have alot of disposable income to just dump on a 500 to 700 toy. Demand will start to pickup and I bet with the 3G release sales numbers will be much better. Who needs a glorified itouch when you can get a mega iphone.
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    Why should anyone other than apple care about sales figures?

    If you have the pad and dig it, do you care that it sold a couple hundred thousand more or less on launch day?
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    That's how I feel. I hate when negative people try to get me to convince them why they should get an iPad...I just say, well it works for me. I don't care if you buy one, I don't get a commission, try one out and see what you think.
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    A good product down not become an overnight success. The PT Cruiser was an overnight sensation, but after the bling wore off, it was found to be lacking in many ways. OTOH, the HHR has been a solid performer in both sales and public demand. What will keep the iPad going is a commitment from Apple to keep it fresh, just like they have always done on their product lines. Look at the iPhone. Every time the competition comes close to what Apple has, a new generation comes out. Add to the mix that Apple designed the App store concept and has built it into a juggernaut that no other companies have been able to compete with. That is the true beauty of the iPad. It could not be a success without the App store success. The App store could not be a success without the iPhone being a success. The iPhone could not succeed without the iPod. The iPod did not take off without iTunes, and for iTunes to work, you had to have the success of the iMac. The competition has tried to react to individual products, but fail to build the foundation that it needs.
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    Well said!
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    But wait a minute, those sales figures do not represent those of the 3G! So what are they worth, it's too early. And the iPad hasn't left the confines of the States yet. Sales will triple in a jiffy!

    What I see with sales figures criticism, is a tool used by naysayers wanting an Apple product to fail. Quite negative I should say.

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